Coronavirus: 604 Travelers Under Surveillance, Says Government

SRINAGAR: On the Coronavirus issue, the government has issued the following statement that details the systems and procedures adopted to manage the crisis, so far.

Here is the statement:

“WHO has declared the recent Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) epidemic as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Till date, it has affected 109 countries with 111,751 confirmed cases, 3888 deaths with a majority of them in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, South Korea and Hong Kong. In India, 43 confirmed cases have been detected with 0 (Zero) deaths (9 March, 15:07 GMT).

In UT of J&K till date 669 no of travellers/ persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance, 460 in Home Quarantine (including 20 at Yatri Bhawan, Jammu), 08 in Hospital Quarantine, 55 in-home surveillance, 146 completed their 28 days surveillance period. 55 samples have been sent for testing, 26 negative, 1 tested positive, 28 reports awaited.

UT of J&K has strengthened the Surveillance and Control measures against the disease. Helpline nos: +91-0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), +91-0191-2520982 (For Jammu Division), +91-0194-2440283 (For Kashmir Division) are functional.

Universal self-declaration made mandatory w.e.f. 4th of March 2020 at Jammu/Srinagar airports. Screening of travellers started at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda toll posts as well as Jammu, Katra and Udhampur Railway stations, where Health Help Desks have been set up. Team of doctors and paramedical staff deployed, who are screening the passengers through Non-contact Thermal Scanners.

As nCoV (Covid-19) has no definite treatment so prevention is the best. Accordingly, wide publicity is being done to create awareness in the community through health education messages especially on handwashing, cough etiquette and home isolation by electronic, print media, radio jingles & leaflets etc.

Persons enlisted for observation: 669
Persons kept under home quarantine: 460 (incl 20 at Yatri Bhawan)
Persons kept under hospital quarantine: 8
Surveillance Completed: 146
Persons under home surveillance: 55
No of Samples collected for test of COVID-19: 55
No of samples tested Negative: 26
No of samples tested positive: 1”

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